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Changing the flag salute

On Dec. 22, 1942 Congress amended the Flag Code to replace the flag salute with the hand-over-heart.
  • Nameless

    The official pledge of allegiance salute used to be a 'Hitler Salute', The salute they were taught to give, with one stiff arm outstretched toward the flag. — Also, the phrase "under god" wasn't added until 1954.

  • Beth Cox

    Until Dec 22, 1942, this is how Americans saluted the flag, the 'Bellamy salute'. It was amended to the hand over heart method. I did not know this.

  • Jake Ebel

    The Old Flag Salute

  • Renda Lutz

    Until Dec 22, 1942, this is how Americans saluted the flag. It was amended to the hand over heart method. We can imagine why... looks like the Nazi salute, whom we were fighting at the time. (A history lesson I only received on Pinterest!)

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March 29, 1943: Vierling Kersey, superintendent of schools, left, and Roy J. Becker, Board of Education president, demonstrate old and new methods of saluting Old Glory. The new hand-over-heart method goes in effect in schools on Army Day. On Dec. 22, 1942, Congress amended the flag code to replace the salute with the hand-over-heart method. The previous salute started with the hand outstretched toward the flag, palm down, and ended with palm up, but it was too similar to salutes used by U.S.

"1943" Same year My Parents were married in New York, My Father was in the Army and my Mother accompanied him there from Louisville,KY

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Before 1942, American children pledged allegiance to the flag with the Bellamy salute. Worried that it might be confused with the Nazi's Roman salute, Congress changed the salute to simply placing a hand over the heart.

Has to be backwards, and with Semper fidelis Semper paratus written above/near it

WWII American flag raised in France! Happy Flag Day!!

Antique American flags

Keep These Hands Off! I actually own an original of this poster. I found it at a flea market in Quebec City. My poster is in French!

How Bright Our Flag Against The Sky Atop Its Flagpole Straight and High! How Bright The Red, The White The Blue, With What They Stand For Shining Through More Meaningful As Years Go By How Bright, How Bright The Flag We Fly. - By James Kuehn age 9 years.

Nazi Flag over Stalingrad 1942

Before 1942, American children pledged allegiance to the flag with the Bellamy Salute so named after Francis Bellamy who wrote the pledge of allegiance in 1892. Worried that it might be confused with the Nazi's Roman salute, Congress changed the salute to simply placing a hand over the heart.